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Okay, so Discovery Season 4 is happening, and will probably shoot around the same time as Picard Season 2, or Season 1 of Strange New Worlds, or Section 31.

In just a few months Star Trek: Discovery Season 3 will take the setting of the Trek universe further into the future than ever before. Though the crew of the USS Discovery originates in the 23rd century (2257 to be exact), thanks to a very intentional wormhole journey, their new home will be the year 3187. As a result, everything about Discovery Season 3 will be new, exciting, and best of all, a fresh start for Trek in general.

But what comes after that? Will Discovery actually stay in the 32nd century perpetually? Recently, the man in charge of most of the Star Trek Universe (executive producer Alex Kurtzman) that Season 4 of Discovery will follow Season 3. So, at the risk of getting ahead of ourselves, will Season 4 take place in the 32nd century, too? Here’s the case for why it might not.

Spoilers ahead for Discovery Season 2. Speculation ahead for Seasons 3 and 4.

Well before Discovery Season 1 hit the airwaves, the first showrunner of the series — Bryan Fuller — revealed that his original plan for bringing Star Trek back to TV would have involved an American Horror Story anthology-style approach to the whole franchise. “The original pitch was to do for science-fiction what American Horror Story had done for horror,” Fuller said in 2017. “It would platform a universe of Star Trek shows.”

Though Fuller gave up show-running duties of Discovery in 2016, citing scheduling conflicts with his work on American Gods, in some ways, his vision for a platform that would create more Star Trek shows has happened. In the where he confirmed Discovery Season 4, Kurtzman mentioned that scripts on four different new seasons of Star Trek series are all being written: “We’ve been running all of our writers’ rooms on Zoom. The silver lining is that we’ve been actually been able to get quite ahead [on] scripts for upcoming seasons of Discovery and Picard and Strange New Worlds — which is going to be shooting next year — and Section 31.”

Okay, so Discovery Season 4 is happening, and will probably shoot around the same time as Picard Season 2, or Season 1 of Strange New Worlds, or Section 31. Let’s not worry about Picard and Strange New Worlds for a second, and just think about the Section 31 series. This show, which was announced back in 2018, is going to focus on Michelle Yeoh’s Philipa Georgiou character from Star Trek: Discovery. In Season 2 of Discovery, Georgiou was part of the Prime Universe’s version of Section 31, even though she herself is from the Mirror Universe. By the end of Discovery Season 2, Georgiou jumped into the future with the rest of the crew, and we know for a fact that she’ll be in Season 3. But what about after that?

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